Alec Burks
Alec Burks
29-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
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Injury Foot
Est. Return 8/14/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Burks de-committed from the Thunder to join the Warriors this season after spending last season with the Jazz, Cavaliers and Kings. He averaged 8.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 21.5 minutes across 64 games, achieving three-year highs in those categories. Burks is a serviceable shooter, but his minimal production across the board hasn't made him fantasy relevant in most formats at this point in his career. Still, we've seen under-the-radar players make an impact in Golden State before, and with thin depth in the backcourt and Klay Thompson out until at least the All-Star break, Burks shouldn't have a hard time carving out a rotational role for the Warriors this season. He'll play behind Steph Curry and D'Angelo Russell, but he could see minutes in the low-to-mid 20s, especially if rookie guard Jordan Poole isn't NBA-ready right out of the gate. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.32 million contract with the Warriors in July of 2019. Traded to the 76ers in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Burks was born in Grandview, Missouri, to Steve and Dina Burks. He has an older brother, Steve Jr. His father played collegiate basketball at the University of Washington. Burks attended Grandview High School, where he averaged 23.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals as a senior. He was named the 2009 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year and was the Kansas City Star and Metro Sports Player of the Year. Burks led the Bulldogs to a 29-2 record during his senior season and set a school record for points scored over the course of his high-school career. Burks held basketball camps for children in the Kansas City area during the summer of 2016. He also hosted "Strikes for Kids," raising money to support The Brighton A Life Scholarship to benefit Utah Valley University students. In the summer of 2015, Burks participated in NBA Fit Week in the Philippines to help promote the importance of healthy living. He also visited Glendale Middle School as part of the 2013-14 NBA Fit Live Healthy Week. Learn more about Burks by following him on Twitter (@AlecBurks10).

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Burks was a high-scoring guard for Colorado for two seasons. As a freshman, Burks combined with Cory Higgins to give the Buffaloes a powerful backcourt under coach Jeff Bzdelik, but the team won only six games in Pac-12 play and Bzdelik lost his job. Burks provided 17.1 points and 5.0 rebounds and was named conference Freshman of the Year. Burks took on a larger scoring role as a sophomore under coach Tad Boyle. The 6-foot-6 guard led the team with 20.5 points to go along with 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He scored at least 20 points in his first five games while scoring in double figures in all but two games that season. Burks tallied a career-high 36 points in a win over Missouri in Jan. 8. The Buffaloes were invited to the NIT and Burks averaged 24.3 points in four games. He was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Burks decided to enter the 2011 NBA Draft with two years of eligibility remaining and was chosen by the Utah Jazz with the 12th overall pick.

Sitting out Wednesday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Foot
August 12, 2020
Burks will not play Wednesday against the Raptors due to a sore left foot, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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The Sixers noted that the injury is not considered serious, so it's likely Burks is simply getting the night off on the second half of a back-to-back. In Tuesday's start against the Suns, Burks went for a bubble-high 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting.
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2018

After spending his first seven seasons in Utah, Alec Burks ended up seeing action for three teams during the 2018-19 season. He started the season in Utah, posting 8.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game over 17 games. A wrist injury kept the shooting guard out for four games in late October and early November. In his second appearance after returning to the lineup, Burks hit four three-pointers on his way to 18 points in only 15 minutes in a Nov. 7 win over the Mavs. Late in November, Burks was traded to Cleveland for Kyle Korver. Burks immediately earned a larger role and ended up starting 24 times for the Cavs. As a result, Burks produced a couple of notable efforts, including a double-double versus the Lakers in a Jan. 13 road victory that also saw him grab a season-high 13 rebounds. He nearly reached a triple-double Dec. 7 but ultimately fell three boards and one dime short. After 34 appearances with the Cavs in which he averaged 11.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists, Burks moved to Sacramento in a three-team deal that also involved Houston. He went on to play in 13 contests for the Kings, highlighted by a solid nine-point, four-rebound debut against the Heat.

2017

Burks appeared in 64 games for the Utah Jazz during the 2017-18 campaign. He shot 41.1 percent from the floor, including 33.3 percent from three-point range. He also shot a career-best 86.3 percent from the charity stripe. Burks averaged 7.7 points per contest alongside 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals. He reached double figures in scoring on 20 occasions. Burks collected a season-high 28 points at the Los Angeles Clippers on Nov. 30. His best month was December, when he managed 11.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest. Burks appeared in nine playoff games for the Jazz. He averaged 9.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in postseason action. Burks scored at least 14 points in three of the last four games of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Houston Rockets.

2016

The 6-foot-6 guard underwent an ankle procedure at the start of November and missed the following two months. Burks returned to the Jazz on Jan. 2 and logged three minutes in his first game of the season. He was eased into action from that point and did not log double-digit minutes until recording an eight-point performance over 15 minutes against Orlando on Jan. 14. His playing time picked up from there, and between Jan. 21-24, he scored 13 points off the bench in three consecutive games. On March 11, Burks scored a season-high 21 points against the Thunder, adding seven rebounds. Overall, the University of Colorado product played in 42 games -- all as a reserve. Burks posted per-game averages of 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds on the campaign. He shot 39.9 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the charity stripe in 15.5 of average playing time.

2015

After missing most of the 2014-15 campaign due to a shoulder injury, Burks started the 2015-16 season in good health. He scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds in Utah's first contest of the season. He followed that with a 15-point, seven-rebound effort in the following game. Burks wound up scoring double-digit points in 11 of the season's first 12 contests despite coming off the bench for all but one of those games. He had back-to-back 24-point performances Nov. 10-12, logging over 30 minutes in each contest. Those games were among six during the campaign in which Burks scored at least 20 points. However, the 6-foot-6 guard was hit hard by injury for the second straight season. A fractured ankle and fibula cost Burks a total of 50 games, though he did return for a brief stint in April. The 2011 lottery pick scored 11 points in his return to action against the Clippers on April 8, going 4-for-5 in field-goal attempts. However, he was unable to shake off the rust from his long layoff the rest of the way and was held scoreless over his final two games.

2014

For the first time in his career, Burks began the 2014-15 campaign as a full-time starter. He started all 27 games in which he played for Utah before a shoulder injury ended his season in late December. Prior to the injury, Burks was on pace for a career season. He was averaging a career-best 33.3 minutes per game and contributing 13.9 points per contest. The 6-foot-6 guard was also on pace for career-high marks in rebounds (4.2) and assists (3.0) per game. Burks averaged one three-pointer per contest for the first time as a professional and knocked down a career-best 38.2 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. He notched the first two double-doubles of his career in consecutive games from Nov. 15-18. In the first of those contests, he scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against the Raptors. Burks topped that performance with a 20-point, 14-rebound line in a win over Oklahoma City three days later. On Dec. 22 -- his final game of the campaign -- the University of Colorado product poured in a season-high 23 points in a victory over Memphis.

2013

Burks' role grew significantly in his third season with the Jazz. He played in a career-high 78 games, averaging 28.1 minutes per contest. After playing exclusively as a reserve throughout his first two campaigns, the University of Colorado product garnered 12 starts in 2013-14. Burks posted career-highs with 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. His shooting numbers also improved as he registered career-best marks in both field-goal percentage (45.7 percent) and free-throw percentage (74.8 percent). The 6-foot-6 guard notched the first 30-point game of his career with a 31-point, seven-assist, four-steal effort against Miami on Dec. 16. He scored a career-high 34 points in a win over Denver on Jan. 13, adding five assists and three rebounds. On March 2, he fell just shy of a triple-double with an 11-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist line versus Indiana. Burks collected four steals on three separate occasions. He knocked down a career-high 14 free throws on 16 attempts en route to 24 points against Golden State on April 6.

2012

Burks saw a slight increase in playing time during his second NBA season, averaging 17.8 minutes over 64 games with the Utah Jazz. He posted per-game averages of 7.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Burks shot 42.0 percent from the field, including 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. He also knocked down 71.3 percent of his free throws. The University of Colorado product scored a career-high 26 points against Sacramento on Feb. 9, converting 8-of-16 shots from the field and all nine of his free-throw attempts. He dished a career-best seven assists in a win over Minnesota four days later, adding nine points, six rebounds and two steals.

2011

Burks was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played in 59 games during his rookie campaign and averaged 15.9 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-6 guard posted per-game averages of 7.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He knocked down 42.9 percent of his field-goal attempts and 72.7 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. On Dec. 28, the second game of the lockout-shortened season, the rookie generated 15 points and two steals during a loss at Denver. Burks scored a season-high 18 points in the final game of the regular season, adding three rebounds and two steals in a win over Portland. The University of Colorado product scored in double-digits in 16 games. During the postseason, Burks played in all four games of Utah's first-round series against San Antonio. Burks averaged 6.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per post-season contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2011
    Drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
  • December 9, 2011
    Signed a rookie contract with the Utah Jazz.
  • November 29, 2018
    Traded by the Utah Jazz with a 2020 2nd-round draft pick and a 2021 2nd-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyle Korver.
  • February 7, 2019
    As part of a three-team trade, Burks was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Sacramento Kings; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Wade Baldwin, Nik Stauskas and a 2021 2nd-round draft pick to the Houston Rockets; the Houston Rockets traded Marquese Chriss, Brandon Knight, a 2019 1st-round draft pick and a 2022 2nd-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Houston Rockets traded a 2020 2nd-round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings; and the Sacramento Kings traded Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets.
  • July 11, 2019
    Signed a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Golden State Warriors to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for draft considerations.
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Burks, as a result of injuries, appeared in just 100 games from his age 23 season to his age 25 season. However, he was able to stay relatively healthy last year, playing in 64 contests and garnering 16.5 minutes per tilt. Importantly, he stepped up when given the opportunity, averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists when seeing between 20 and 29 minutes. However, his relatively small role will be challenged this season, as guys like Dante Exum and Thabo Sefolosha will be coming back from injuries and the team opted to draft Grayson Allen, who looked promising in summer league. Come draft day, Burks can likely be avoided even in deeper Fantasy leagues.
Burks played in just 42 games last season after recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which took place in November 2016. He also struggled when he did play, possibly as a result of the ankle, posting 6.7 points and 2.9 rebounds across 15.5 minutes per game while shooting 39.9 percent from the field and 25-of-76 (32.9 percent) from deep. Health might be Burks’ main hurdle at this point, as he played just 31 games during 2015-16 after fracturing his fibula and appeared in only 27 games in 2014-15 before getting surgery to correct a shoulder issue that had been bothering him since his college days. In that time, shooting guard Rodney Hood asserted himself as a legitimate starting option at the position. Now, Burks will have to not only make his way back into form, but prove he’s worthy of usurping Hood’s minutes. He’ll also have to compete with the likes of Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson, Thabo Sefolosha and Donovan Mitchell for a reserve role. Burks has shown promise in the past, but he’ll have to outplay plenty of Jazz players for the opportunity to see significant run. With all that in mind, drafting Burks comes with a lot of risk for the potential upside of middle-of-the-road production, meaning his name can probably be glossed over in many formats.
Burks saw his 2014-15 season cut short to just 27 games after undergoing season-ending surgery on his shoulder in December to correct an agitation that caused him discomfort dating all the way back to his playing days at the University of Colorado. The guard apparently struggled to raise his left arm above his shoulder at multiple times over the last five years, and his corrective surgery could mean full range of motion for the first time in his NBA career. That's a scary thought for opposing teams since he managed to produce 13.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.0 three on an average of 33 minutes per game in his shortened season. Burks is the projected starting shooting guard this year, and the absence of Dante Exum (ACL surgery) this season will also allow Burks to spend some minutes at point guard, although he's openly stated in the past that he feels far more comfortable playing the role of a two guard. The only impediment standing in the way of Burks being cut loose on the court this season, besides the shoulder injury, is the emergence of Rodney Hood who could challenge Burks for the role of starter. Last year was the first time Burks was the designated starter, and his previous three years in the league were spent coming off the bench to provide a scoring presence. Burks could conceivably give way to Hood over time and revert back to a sixth-man role, but for now, he's projected to start and to have standard-league relevancy regardless of whether or not he's coach Quin Snyder's first option at shooting guard.
Alec Burks will enter the 2014-15 season as one of Utah's main offensive weapons. In easily the most productive season of his three-year career, the 23-year-old averaged 14.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.6 three-pointers in 28 minutes per game last season. He started 12 of 78 games last season but mostly provided the Jazz with a spark off the bench via his ability to provide instant offense. The Colorado product was able to reach the 30-point benchmark twice last season despite serving as Utah's sixth man. Moving into the 2014-15 season, Burks has the inside track of being the team's starting shooting guard under new head coach Quin Snyder. However, the Jazz acquired Dante Exum in the 2014 NBA Draft, who stands to be featured at both point guard and shooting guard this year. With the addition of Exum, Burks may have to concede playing time and offensive touches by the end of the season. However, it seems like the starting shooting guard job is Burks' to lose, especially when considering that he went on a streak of 26-straight games where he scored at least 10 points per game at the end of last season.
Burks served as a combo guard last season, but now, like Hayward, will be slotted into his more natural position. At 6-6, 220, he's good-sized, but there are still questions about his scoring ability. He averaged 15.3 points per game per 36 minutes over his first two seasons but did so with a 43 field goal percentage and has only been average from downtown. He has potential, like his starting teammates, for a breakout year, but Hayward will get most of the first looks on offense.
Burks is entering his second season in the league. In his rookie year, the Jazz began giving him significant playing time in the second half of the season. He is a young, athletic shooting guard who has a good all-around game. As his game grows, Burks could end up being a very good starter to pair with Gordon Hayward in the future. He can score, and scored 15 or more points in eight games last season.
The 12th pick in the 2011 draft, Burks is an athletic shooting guard out of Colorado. He is very quick, with explosiveness that helps him finish around the rim. Although he has a decent mid-range game, he is not particularly skilled from the outside. He shot better than 50 percent from the field during his collegiate career, but was below 30 percent in three-point shooting.
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Scores 23 points in spot start
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 11, 2020
Burks exploded for 23 points (9-17 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes during Tuesday's loss against the Suns.
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Starting vs. Suns
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 11, 2020
Burks is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Phoenix, Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer reports.
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Scores 20 in 23 minutes
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 9, 2020
Burks totaled 20 points (8-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes during Sunday's 124-121 loss to the Trail Blazers.
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Scores 22 points off bench
GPhiladelphia 76ers
August 8, 2020
Burks registered 22 points (8-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench during Friday's win over the Magic.
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Scores 13, grabs six boards
GPhiladelphia 76ers
July 26, 2020
Burks contributed 13 points (4-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), six rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes during Sunday's 102-97 scrimmage loss to the Thunder.
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